Out in the cold with club and country, Walcott is keen to gain regular first-team football to force his way into the England reckoning for next summer’s World Cup finals.
Former club Southampton are favourites to land the 28-year-old who has yet to make a Premier League start for Arsenal this season. The Saints sold Walcott to the Gunners in 2006 in a £12m deal before Sven Goran Eriksson took him to the World Cup finals that year. It’s the only time he has featured in the finals squad for England and is conscious that this may be his last chance.
Bournemouth, Everton, Newcastle United, Swansea City, Watford and West Ham United are all interested in signing Walcott, initially on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Everton already enquired with the Gunners about Walcott’s availability while West Ham were rumoured to be close to buying the Arsenal striker last summer but nothing concrete emerged.
Restricted to appearances in the Europa League and domestic cups, Walcott has been unable to force his way back into contention with Arsene Wenger and is determined to recover his lost status.